Lot 46
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Francis Newton Souza (1924-2002)

40,000 - 60,000 USD
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  • Francis Newton Souza
  • Palm Beach, Miami, Florida 
  • Signed and dated 'Souza 71' upper right and signed, dated and inscribed 'F. N. SOUZA/ PALM BEACH, MIAMI, FLORIDA/ 1971/ oil on canvas board/ 20 x 24 in.' on reverse
  • Oil on canvas board
  • 20 by 24 in. (50.8 by 61 cm.)

Catalogue Note

Souza's early paintings were constructed with thick black lines that enclosed glowing colors. Later this style gave way to cross-hatching that became his characteristic mode of working for several years.  'I have not only dehumanised man into two lines cross-hatched on either side, but I have also reduced the cosmos to a dot.' (Souza quoted in Edwin Mullins, F. N. Souza, London, 1962, p. 17). Later still, the black line disappears completely from his paintings, and the current work from 1971 (the year of his son's birth) is characteristic of this later style and can be compared to Manhattan Sunset on the West Side, Cyclists in Central Park and Balzac Etcetera that were all painted in the same year. In all of these works, color is the driving force within the composition and the boundaries of independent features of the landscape or figure are intentionally blurred creating instead a riotous cacophony of color.